What are the differences between applying online and on paper?
For some programs, you can apply either online or on paper.
|Applying on paper||Applying online|
|Getting started||All applications have an application package and guide to help you with your application.||
You need an online account to submit your application. Create an account or sign in.
Online application to become a Canadian citizen: At this time, only some applicants can apply online to become a Canadian citizen. Check if you can apply online.
|Documents and forms||Read the guide to know which forms and documents you need to submit.||We will ask you to upload documents and forms based on your application.|
|Paying fees||You pay your fees before you submit your application and send us the receipt.||
Depending on what you apply for, you pay your fees
Online application to become a Canadian citizen:
Pay your fees and upload your receipt in the online application.
|Submitting your application||The guide tells you where to submit your application.||You submit your application online when your application is complete.|
|Processing timesTable footnote *||It starts once we receive your complete application at our mailroom. It doesn’t include the time it takes to mail your application.||
Most online applications: It starts after we check that you submit a complete application.
Online application to become a Canadian citizen: It starts after you submit your application.
|Application status||How you check your application status depends on your application.||
You can check your application status in your account if you have one.
IRCC account: We contact you through your account. You can upload additional documents in your account.
Online citizenship application: Find out how to check your status.
|If we need additional documents||We send instructions by mail or e-mail telling you where to send your documents.||
Most online applications: We contact you through your account. You can upload additional documents in your account.
Online citizenship application: We’ll contact you by email.
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